Ray Burton, father of Metallica’s Cliff dies

Jan 20 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/20/2020 12:06:06 PM IST

 Ray Burton, the father of the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, has died at the age of 94.

In a statement posted on Facebook, his daughter Connie – the sister of Cliff – wrote: “To let you all know that my Dad died last Wednesday. Rest in peace.”

Ray was known for playing a major part in cementing Cliff’s legacy after the bassist died at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash in Sweden in 1986.

After his death, Burton was replaced by Jason Newsted. Newsted played with Metallica until 2001, when he was replaced by Robert Trujillo.

In the wake of his son’s death, Ray remained an avid follower of Metallica and was seen attending the band’s concerts as recently as 2017.

He was also in attendance when the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 2009.

Guesting on a Metallica podcast in recent years, he revealed that he still donated money from his son’s band royalties to fund music scholarships.

In a 2019 interview with Gibson’s Mark Agnesi, Ray also praised Cliff’s determination to become a successful musician.


“Cliff knew what he wanted to do and went out and did it,” Ray said.

“How could you not support a child who has that initiative already in their system and wanting to learn an occupation like that? The way he pursued music and the enthusiasm he showed toward the playing, we thought, ‘well, let’s see what happens.’ Then when he came and said, ‘Can you support me for five years?’ not long after that, it was absolute history.” (NME)


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